TUI members reject new pay deal and back industrial action

The Teachers Union of Ireland has rejected the new public service pay agreement.

It’s members voted tonight by a margin of 87% to 13% in a national ballot, with a turnout of 52% recorded.

The Irish National Teachers Organisation have already rejected the deal, while the ASTI are set to vote in October.

In a separate ballot, TUI members also backed strike action in opposition to unequal pay by a margin of 81% to 19%.

TUI President Joanne Irwin commented: “Throughout the negotiations that led to this proposed agreement, TUI clearly and unambiguously identified the issue of pay equality for those appointed after January 1, 2011 as being of primary importance.

“It is morally wrong that two colleagues are placed on significantly different pay scales although carrying out the same work. This constitutes unacceptable discrimination against those employed after 1st January 2011. Furthermore, additional cuts to allowances in 2012 means that new entrant teachers have been subject to more severe cuts than other new entrants to the public service.

“TUI has prioritised and campaigned on this issue and some important progress has been made. However, under the proposals, the issue of new entrant pay would not be further examined until 2018, with application of any outcome no sooner than 2021. Members have emphatically decided that this block on further progress for the next three years is completely unacceptable.

“Members have also given a strong mandate for a campaign of industrial action on this issue, up to and including strike action, and the Union’s Executive Committee will decide on the usage of this mandate in due course.

“We will bring this ballot result to a meeting of the ICTU’s Public Services Committee (PSC) next week. Should the agreement be accepted by an aggregate vote of affiliated unions, TUI will, as it has previously done, make a sovereign decision. It is longstanding policy that the union will not be bound by an aggregate vote of unions of the PSC in matters affecting terms and conditions of employment.”

 

 

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